Judg­ing notes from a visit to a Top 50 cafes con­tender.

Se­lected notes from a judg­ing visit for Top 50 cafes 2018.*

Metro Magazine NZ - - Contents - TEXT — SU­SAN­NAH WALKER

Sun­day lunch. No ta­ble ser­vice. Quite busy — lots of wor­ried-look­ing white peo­ple clutch­ing yoga mats. Plenty of fam­i­lies, lit­tle kids push­ing wooden trucks around.

Com­mu­nal ta­bles and a cou­ple of couches. Wor­thy wooden fur­ni­ture. Out­door seat­ing area has com­mand­ing views of car park.

Or­ganic, etc. Usual juices, smooth­ies. No caf­feine! “Latte” made with “mylk”! All-day menu. Lots of sal­ads. Bowl of wild rice, beans, greens with “cheese” sauce. Tasty, very fresh, feels gen­er­ous un­til it seems to never end. Sweet op­tions in cabi­net in­clude cheese­cake, brown­ies, slices, fudge. Ex­pen­sive, $9.50 for one slice. Bliss balls look like a pun­ish­ment.

Mid­dle-aged man in pink socks with limp grey pony­tail greets stick-like young fe­male staff with hugs.

Live mu­sic. Folk mu­si­cian deaf­ens whole place with cover of Neil Young song on har­mon­ica. Then he “can’t start a fire with­out a spark”. Maudlin. At least two peo­ple ap­plaud when he fi­nally shuts up.

Air so thick with wor­thi­ness you could choke on it. May well be a ve­gan’s dream come true but for any­one else, a night­mare. Leave want­ing to drown my­self, or maybe just or­der a steak.

*No, this cafe didn’t make the cut. To find out which ones did, see page 54.

Folk mu­si­cian deaf­ens whole place with cover of Neil Young song on har­mon­ica.

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